By Andrew E. K. Maina
Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission has set October 17th 2017 as the date for the repeat Presidential election. In a statement released via the commission’s twitter handle, the IEBC also stated that only the petitioners in the recently concluded election petition case, Hon Uhuru Kenyatta, and Hon. Raila Odinga would appear on the ballot.
In their statement the IEBC called on the Supreme Court to release a detailed judgment in order to allow the commission to “identify areas that need improvement in the management of the election.” The commission further states that it would ‘revise the operational and procedural requirements for the conduct of the elections” and that it would “share details with stakeholders sooner rather than later.”
The repeat of Kenya’s 2017 Presidential election is the first instance on the continent of Africa where a presidential election’s result was successfully nullified in the courts, and the fourth overall following the Maldives, Austria and Ukraine.